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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

IKEAs lesser known environmental project

If only more business cared about the environment as much as IKEA does.

Most everyone has heard that the St Louis IKEA Store is powered by solar panels!  Here is a lesser known environmental project they have incorporated into the property along Forest Park and Vandeventer Streets.
The parking lot in of the St Louis IKEA store drains into a low $$$ cost natural phytoremediation filter system.

Article 1 Plants as Water Protectors blog series

The IKEA's Engineers and Crew that installed the water filtration Phytoremediation project did a seamless job of blending the bioremediation system into the natural environment.  If it wouldn't have been for my growing the Kenaf plants and seeing the unmistakable Kenaf Flowers- I may not have noticed. 

Ikea Store Flags and Kenaf Flowering Plants used modified Riparian Buffer StLouis
IKEA Store Flags and Kenaf Flowering Plants used modified Riparian Buffer StLouis 
Ikea Parking Lot drains away from the building into modified riparian buffers along Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer
IKEA Parking Lot drains away from the building into modified riparian buffers along Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer
Any contaminants that escape or drip from the Autos in the parking lot will eventually make their way into the modified riparian buffer zone that removes the toxins naturally
Any contaminants that escape or drip from the Autos in the parking lot will eventually make their way into the modified riparian buffer zone that removes the toxins naturally
The break in the concrete curb allows the water to enter the riparian buffer zone where the Plants naturally cycle the toxins from the water.
The break in the concrete curb allows the water to enter the riparian buffer zone where the Plants naturally cycle the toxins from the water.
Phytoremediation Plants are growing in a bed of Gravel and Rock allowing the roots of the plants direct contact with the toxins that will be removed by Phytoremediation.
Phytoremediation Plants are growing in a bed of Gravel and Rock allowing the roots of the plants direct contact with the toxins that will be removed by Phytoremediation.

 In ElectroHemps IKEAs next sustainable bioremediation post (publication date 9/1/16) I will explain with photos, diagrams, and CAD drawings how the water toxins are removed before entering the public water system.

Toxins and Contaminants are removed the Natural Way by using Plants in a process called Phytoremediation

https://electrohemp.blogspot.com/2017/07/citizen-science-phytoremediation.html